In your share this week:
- Chinese Cabbage
- Pac Choi
- Romaine Head Lettuce
- Garlic Scapes
- Salad Mix
- Japanese Turnips
Food coming to your shares soon: cilantro, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, and spinach.
We had two nights with freezing temperatures last weekend, Friday and Saturday nights. So we pulled out row covers again and especially paid attention to covering our 5 rows of potatoes. It was a lot of work and Shain says everything pulled through fine. Now we appear to be back to the heat.
This week's harvest was the last of the pac choi and Chinese cabbage from greenhouse 6, our "Hot House", aka "The Big Tomato Greenhouse." These spring crops were starting to bolt, so out it all goes while still edible. And in goes more tomato plants, basil, etc.
Garlic scapes may be a surprise food item to those who are new to EverGreen Farm. Garlic scapes are the stalk that grows from our garlic crop. In the beginning, this center shoot is tender and grows in fun curly-Q's. Over time, if left on the plant, it would become fibrous and woody, straighten up tall, and the pod on the end would bloom into a flower pom-pom. Garlic scapes are only available a few weeks of the entire year. We pick them when ready and they don't grow back. This explains why many have never seen them. The scapes have a mild garlic flavor and can be used in many ways. (My own personal choice is to discard the blossom end, though it is edible and used commonly in Asian cooking.) One of our very favorites is to make garlic scape pesto with pistachios. If you are making egg roll stuffing, add finely chopped scapes. They can also be roasted in larger pieces (similar to how you would prepare asparagus). My friend simply chops hers up fine and freezes them for use all year. They are the secret ingredient in her amazing hummus. Here's the link to a collection of garlic scape recipes we've collected over the years.
This is a photo of the jungle we are growing in greenhouse 7. Actually, it's beets, carrots, Japanese turnips, etc. But right now, it's a jungle. This is my "before" picture. It's my hope that in a week I'll be taking a beautiful "after" photo where these rows are free of the strangling weeds and ready to grow, grow, grow. Open invitation to all our CSA members to come help out on the farm this Friday or Saturday morning. Let me know. Let's get another big project done so we can have the best foods this season!
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!